Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We received a wonderful assortment of Kong toys for our rescue and shelter dogs. These dogs receive medical care and nutrition, but our shelter is struggling for funding in these challenging times. We don’t have the resources to give our shelter and rescue dogs the toys they need in their journey toward socialization.
Many of our dogs will go to their forever homes once they have been properly socialized, and the Kong toys are vitally important in helping us to achieve this goal. The Kong toys calm the dogs and give them a sense of security, and they also help train the dogs to chew only the toys (not shoes or furniture).
Here is Stan (first two photos), deliriously happy with his Kong toy. Stan has the best high-pitched bark. He helps Tim with the farm chores. He found the lost chickens the other day and herded them back into their enclosure — a herding pit bull: He goes fishing with Tim and goes crazy when Tim catches a fish. He is especially excited by catfish.
Peanut (third and fourth photos) has found her forever home! We can’t thank enough all the people who helped this girl through fostering, training, transporting, and spreading the word. We think the first pose below might have been the one that sealed the deal 🙂
The money will be used to purchase prescription eye medications for Emma. She has chronic dry eyes and makes no tears on her own. She is on three prescription eye medications and over-the-counter eye ointment every two hours around the clock.
The grant helped us help Emma to continue seeing and keep her eyes more comfortable.
This helped Emma. The eye medications mentioned above are prescribed by Animal Eye Care, which takes care of her condition. It will be extremely hard to find the perfect forever home for Emma due to her ongoing medical condition. Meet Emma here.
Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to waive the adoption fee for Elliott, which would have been a $200 cost to the adopters. Additionally, we provided the adopters with a $100 gift card to PetSmart, allowing them to purchase a 24-lb. bag of Sensitive Stomach & Skin Grain-Free dry food ($60) and 12 cans of wet food ($30). We are continuing to provide Elliott with the ongoing allergy shots he requires every 4-8 weeks for one year from his adoption date ($47.50 each time). Additionally, we are paying for the medicated shampoo that he needs to be bathed in 1-2 times each week ($42.50 per bottle). Finally, we are covering the cost of any antibiotics that Elliott is prescribed, as needed, for the duration of one year.
Petfinder.com made it possible to quickly find the perfect match for this wonderful senior pup, and this Petfinder Foundation grant allowed us to assist Elliott’s adopters (two retirees) by offsetting the cost of his adoption and ongoing care. His adopters report back, “Wanted to let you know Elliott is doing great, made himself right at home! He is such a sweet dog and listens well. He definitely knows there’s food in the kitchen! Our road goes uphill and we were surprised how fast he can haul it on walks. Once he loses some pounds, he should be even more agile. He enjoys meeting neighbors, including kids. We just love him! It’s been an easy adjustment for all of us; it’s like he’s always been here. Again, thanks so much!”
Elliott came to us as an owner-surrender. Unfortunately, his previous owner was unable to afford or provide the long-term care that he required. He was very well-loved in his previous home, and he struggled to settle in to the shelter environment, which is why he could be found hanging out with our front-desk staff for most of every day before he was adopted.
We have programs in place to assist owners with short-term and emergency medical care, but Elliott requires ongoing allergy shots, occasional antibiotics, and regular medicated baths. He is a super sweet old boy who has now found a perfect forever home where he can just relax and snuggle. Under our care, he had 11 decaying teeth extracted, and previously had 9 pulled, but the teeth that are left look fabulous now.
Given the care that he requires, we knew that it would take a special adopter willing to put in the time (and money) to tend to his allergies and provide the great “retirement”-type life he deserves. Our vet estimated that managing Elliott’s allergies would cost approximately $750-$1,000 annually in addition to the regular care and feeding of an aging dog. We are thrilled to report back that Elliott is living his best life, which was made possible by Petfinder.com and the grant we received from the Petfinder Foundation!
We received a box of Kongs. We use them EVERY day and night for our dogs.
We would not have been able to afford to purchase Kongs for every dog in our care. Enrichment is a huge part of our program, so they were very much appreciated.
A rotating number of 6-8 dogs daily as dogs wait to be adopted.
Uki, pictured, is currently in our facility waiting to be adopted. He is an Akita/cattle dog mix and is very high-energy. He gets so bored in a run, and with the cold, it makes things even harder. He LOVES his Kongs twice daily. Meet Uki here.
The Kongs are being used for multiple purposes by our dogs and puppies in foster care. They are being used as crate-training aids and distraction for nail trimmings, and for slow feeding, soothing teething pain, teaching dogs to fetch, and other entertainment and enrichment activities.
The Kongs are being used for activities that provide physical and/or mental stimulation to all ages of dogs/puppies in our care.
Multiple dogs, as they are durable and easy to clean so they are being used over and over again
Foster Peggy Sue, a gorgeous Lab-mix girl (first three photos), came to us recently and was obese at 123 lbs. She is an almost 10-years-young dog who is benefitting from the use of a Kong, as she is on a nutrition plan for her weight loss and is a fast eater. The use of multiple Kongs makes her work harder and slow down to get the contents when eating a meal. She also enjoys the use of a Kong as a distraction for nail trimmings and as an enrichment activity to help lessen her nervousness, and for snack time. She is not yet up for adoption as we continue to work with her on her weight loss and exercise tolerance. However, she will be looking for her fur-ever home in the near future.
Puppies Pine (fourth photo) and Dano (fifth and sixth photos) used the Kongs while in foster care. The Kongs were used as appropriate outlets for their puppy chewing and curiosity, crate training, and to keep them busy. They recently joined their fur-ever families.
The grant funds were used to purchase enrichment items such as Kong Wobblers, Kongs, PVC feeder supplies as well as Indestructaballs.
SJRAS has been able to provide enrichment to the dogs in our care at a more consistent and creative level than before thanks to these supplies.
Ninja was staying at the shelter on a court hold as part of a cruelty case. He was with us for more than a year. Our staff was challenged with keeping him stimulated both physically and mentally. Thanks to the Orvis grant, we were able to provide him a wide variety of enrichment items and activities. Ninja was finally released to SJRAS after 417 days! He was transferred to one of our rescue partners so that he could begin the next chapter in his life!
We used the money to purchase Kuranda beds for cats.
Many of our cat cages aren’t equipped with ledges or shelves. Being awarded this grant allowed us to purchase raised beds, which significantly increased the floor space for our cats.
We save more than 1,000 cats a year. Since the beds are sturdy and reusable, the number of cats this grant helped is endless.
In late October, we took in 29 cats from a single-family home. Most of the cats were sick and somewhat fearful. However, after having these beds to climb, play and sleep on, many of them came out of their shells. One cat in particular used to sit in her litter box. Her name is Charity and, although she hasn’t been adopted just yet, we are positive her new profile photo of her standing proud on her Kuranda tower (first photo) will get her adopted in no time. She is now the sweetest, most loving little girl ever! Meet Charity here.
The grant money Waco Pets Alive! received was used to help our cat Seymour the Saint have a leg-amputation surgery.
The grant helped our organization with much-needed funds to cover an expensive, but life-changing, surgery for Seymour the Saint, a cat in our care.
Seymour the Saint wants to announce to his subjects that he has found a new family and he loves his new humans and new fur-brother dog and sister cat!
Seymour came into the Waco Regional Shelter a hot mess. Let us count the ways: Completely emaciated. Filthy. Infected eyes. Irreparably broken leg. FIV-positive.
With your help, Waco Pets Alive! chooses to save the most urgent and vulnerable animals at the Waco shelter, and Seymour fit that criteria.
He had his broken leg amputated and recovered in his new home. You see, we know adopters are capable of providing aftercare for their new pet.
Typically, black cats do not get adopted as quickly as other cats. Add to that: older, broken leg and FIV+. We are thankful for our City of Waco Animal Services folks and HSCT friends for being proactive in modern life-saving. (And, yes, glad you asked! FIV+ cats can live happy lives in homes with FIV- cats.)
Seymour The Saint, rule on, buddy!
A large shade and rain cover for one of our play yards.
Our pups can now have playgroup and enrichment time outside the shelter regardless of the weather.
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Posey came into our shelter extremely fearful. If anyone approached the gate, she lunged at their hands and face. Many of the staff would not even touch her. Luckily, we have staff members that have been trained by DPFL on how to successfully integrate fearful dogs into group-play settings. Posey was a dog who required this stimulation on a daily basis in order to combat the stress of a kennel.
Even though it has rained almost daily recently, Posey still got her daily time to decompress outside thanks to the cover we purchased with financial assistance from the Petfinder foundation. Staff was able to showcase the wonderful potential Posey had outside the kennel.
Luckily, a rescue saw our videos and pics and welcomed Posey into their rescue only 13 days after she arrived. We fear Posey would not have had such a favorable outcome if we had not had the resources to meet her needs.
The money was used to purchase four cat trees.
Cat World at RSQ Dogs+ provides a whimsical environment for our cats who are waiting to find their forever homes. With the help of the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to purchase several cat trees. Sixty-plus cats roam free in Cat World and need places which provide safety, stress relief, exercise, and entertainment.
The cat trees provide a safe, vertical place for multiple cats to relax or catch a cat nap at the same time. The timid cats now have a place which allows them to stay relatively out in the open but still have a sense of security. These trees also give them the opportunity to fulfill their natural instincts to climb, jump, and stretch out. Trees purchased also had scratching posts so the cats have a designated scratching spot. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for enabling us to purchase cat trees which allow us to maintain harmony in Cat World.
Darla (first photo) is a feral who was trapped and brought to the rescue shelter. She has been slow to warm up to humans, often hiding in out-of-the-way spots. The cat tree has brought her out into the open and the volunteers can now work with her on trusting humans. She is not ready for adoption yet.
Sasha (second and third photos) is a senior cat with spinal arthritis. The new cat tree in the senior room allows her to get to higher spots without significant discomfort. She now has a place where she can look out the window for entertainment. Sasha is still waiting for her forever home. Meet Sasha here.